Friday, June 6, 2008

How to make your page load faster by simply removing some dumb widgets (like the Twitter widget)

I've removed a Twitter widget from my blogger widgets. The God damn widget is too slow — Twitter downtimes and high response times are legendary. And the stupid widget also tries to execute a JavaScript from the laggy Twitter server. You do know that browser won't do any downloads or processing of your page while it loads a script, right? With a 5 minutes wait for Twitter server to serve it's lousy JavaScript and then 10 minutes more for it to fetch your twits, you're in for quite a long wait.
Is it that hard to serve your last 5 twits in a response to a simple GET request? Even if you lag like hell — send your twits tomorrow, but let the rest of the page be loaded fast.
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